11. Philosophy in the Information Age

  1. Patrick Allo
  1. Terrell Ward Bynum

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396836.ch11

Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information

Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information

How to Cite

Bynum, T. W. (2011) Philosophy in the Information Age, in Putting Information First: Luciano Floridi and the Philosophy of Information (ed P. Allo), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396836.ch11

Editor Information

  1. University of Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Southern Connecticut State University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 APR 2011

Book Series:

  1. Metaphilosophy Series in Philosophy

Book Series Editors:

  1. Armen T. Marsoobian,
  2. Brian J. Huschle and
  3. Eric Cavallero

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338676

Online ISBN: 9781444396836

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • epilogue - philosophy in the information age;
  • “Information Age” - experiencing an “Information Revolution”;
  • interaction of philosophy - with the information revolution;
  • Wiener's role in the birth of the information revolution;
  • Wiener, focusing his attention and energy - social and ethical implications of “cybernetics”;
  • Wiener, intent on making - new contributions to Philosophy;
  • human beings, viewed as fundamentally informational - as other physical entities;
  • cybernetics, taking the view - that structure of machine, being an index of performance;
  • Wiener on society in information age - communities and societies, second-order cybernetic systems;
  • Floridi on nature and goodness of the universe - “constructionist,” ultimate reality being unknowable, a “black box”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Two Philosophers of the Information Age

  • Wiener's Role in the Birth of the Information Revolution

  • Wiener on the Nature of the Universe

  • Digital Physics

  • Human Nature

  • Artificial Agents

  • Wiener on Society in the Information Age

  • The Philosophy of Information: Floridi's Ambitious Project

  • Floridi on the Nature and Goodness of the Universe

  • Artificial Agents and Ethics

  • Human Nature and the Information Society

  • Concluding Remarks: Comparing Wiener and Floridi

  • Acknowledgments

  • References